Farming remains one of the UK’s most hazardous industries. According to the Health and Safety Executive, agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injury (per 100,000) of all the main industry sectors, with the annual average rate over the last five years around 20 times as high as the all-industry rate.
In order for farm businesses to stay sustainable, health and safety measures need to be put in place and addressed, particularly in the farming community, as dealing with large machinery can often increase vulnerability to those workers.
The Health and Safety Executive has released the official fatal injuries statistics for 2020/21. Note that the 2020/21 figures remain provisional and will be finalised in July 2022. You can access the data here.
- The Tilly trailer Pass offers the opportunity for trailers to be maintained to the legal standard. For further information click here.
- To ask a question or Book your trailer for a Tilly, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download the Head to Tow app here to find the daily checklist for your trailer or find an authorised mechanic to carry out the Tilly Pass annual 18 point inspection on your trailer.
Safe Ag Systems
Safety management software developed for practical application on farm, Safe Ag Systems is designed to train and gather records in real-time and remove the physical paperwork associated with safety and compliance. See below links that are generalised to managing safety in agriculture.
- How to manage safety in agriculture
- 4 Steps in Risk Management to keep S.A.F.E.
- Why its important to keep records current in agriculture?
Farm Safety Foundation/Yellow Wellies
The Farm Safety Foundation have developed a series of guides that can be downloaded below:
The Farm Safety Partnership
The Farm Safety Partnership – of which FCN is a member – regularly runs campaigns focusing on different aspects of workplace safety.
Particularly when it comes to children, we all have a responsibility to ensure we’re farming safely and not putting anyone at risk.
Farms can be hazardous environments and the risk to children can be higher than other industries. It’s important to remember that children under the age of 13 are prohibited from driving or riding on any agricultural machine.
You can find out more about the work of the Farm Safety Partnership here.
- Agriculture Health and Safety (HSE)
- The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies)
- YFC Farm Safety (NFYFC)
- Farmwise – Your essential guide to health and safety in agriculture (HSE) – download below.
- What a good farm looks like – this guide helps you and other farmers understand common risks to health and safety on your farm (HSE) – download below.
Further information on farm safety can be found on the Personal Resilience page under working safely.